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Martin van den Brink was appointed president and chief technology officer of ASML, the largest supplier of systems for the semiconductor industry, in July 2013. He originally joined ASML when the company was founded, in 1984, and spent three decades overseeing its direction.
"I joined ASML at the very start, together with about 50 other employees. The consensus in the market was we would not be successful," he tells Business Insider. "Today we have more than 25,000 employees."
In 2012, Van den Brink was awarded an honorary doctorate in physics by the University of Amsterdam, and in 2014 was made a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion (Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw).
Asked what he most enjoys about his role at ASML, Van den Brink says: "First and foremost, the technology fascinates me.
"Semiconductor lithography equipment does not consist of one technology, but it brings together many different types of expertise: optics, mechatronics, electronics, software engineering, chemistry. I have always been determined to work across disciplines, instead of focusing on one.
"Working with talented engineers from all over the world, from our suppliers, our own innovation team as well as from our customers – bringing their expertise together is what I enjoy."